Space Patrol debuted on March 9, 1950 as a fifteen minute show on KECA-TV in Los Angeles, a little over 6 months before the Tom Corbett series began. The first half hour Saturday show began on December 30, 1950 and lasted until February 26, 1955. The fifteen minute shows were kinescoped for broadcast outside of the Los Angles area within a week or two of the California broadcast. In June of 1952 the Saturday shows were broadcast live from coast to coast and the daily 15 minute shows continued to be broadcast on the West Coast for at least three years after the coast to coast syndication had ended.
The shows creator, Mike Moser, was a Navy veteran of World War II who had trained hurricane-hunter squadrons. In a 1952 Time article, Mr. Moser said the show was inspired while he was flying over the Pacific and thinking about the universe. He wanted kids to grow up with the same sense of wonder for the future he had experienced during his childhood with Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers.
The show was also broadcast twice a week on the radio during the run of the TV show, resulting in a hectic schedule for its crew. A week of Space Patrol involved 5 local 15-minute TV shows, 2 radio shows, and the half hour Saturday network show. An estimated total of 210 Saturday half-hour shows, 200 radio programs and at least 900 fifteen minute TV shows were broadcast during the run of the show. The shows ran consecutively from March 9, 1950 till July 2, 1954.
In addition to the TV & Radio shows, Space Patrol appeared in a short two issue comic book run by Ziff Davis (Summer 1952 & November 1952). The stories were scripted by Phil Evans with both covers drawn by Norman Saunders with some of the interior artwork done by Bernie Krigstein. Norman Saunders artwork for Ziff Davis had a great sense of wonder reminiscent of the great pulp SF covers of the 30's,40's and 50's.
Now join us for a "High Adventure in the wild reaches of space.... missions of daring in the name of interplanetary justice. Travel into the future with Buzz Corry... Commander-in-Chief of ... the
January 5, 2017 Subject:
Missions Of Daring...!
it's delightful to hear these radio adventures of Commander Buzz Corry and the ever-ebullient Cadet Happy---the talented cast had created a phenomenal camaraderie which shone through on live television, and it carries over very nicely to radio. Ed Kemmer stars as Commander Corry, with Lyn Osborn as Cadet Happy. These audio adventures were written by Lou Houston, and directed by Larry Robertson.
July 21, 2015 Subject:
No, it's not just you
The announcer IS the robot from Lost in Space. His name is Dick Tufeld.
August 16, 2013 Subject:
Is it me or does the narrator in the first episode sound like the voice of the robot in The Lost in Space TV series?
September 4, 2011 Subject:
Space Patrol 1952-10-04 Commander Corey is a not for broadcast Decca record that was released in 1954. Note the run time of seven minutes.